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Obderiha
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Published: December 18, 2014
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I'm starting a series of illustrations of various cultures' mythology. The first one will be, of course, a russian folklore)

Obderiha (rus. обдериха "the one who flays")— an evil spirit of the bathhouse, according to slavic mythology. She is believed to be punishing anyone who forgets about bathhouse ceremony by flaying their skin, pouring boiled water, or killing people with carbon monoxide gas. Oh, and she likes to steal babies if she's given a chance, btw. If anyone walked from the bathhouse with scratched skin, it was thought that "obderikha was mad at him". It is believed that she looked like an ugly old lady with long hands, fangs and wide-set eyes.

Обдериха — банный дух, который отличается необыкновенной жестокостью. За малейшее нарушение банного ритуала наказывает. С провинившихся и нарушавших "церемонию" Банная Хозяюшка сдирает кожу, вешает на печку-каменку, а тело забивает под пол, в щели. А еще может плеснуть кипятком, задушить угарным газом, своровать детей. Если кто выходил из бани с поцарапанной или разодранной спиной — верили, что обдериха драла. По поверьям, выглядит Банная Хозяюшка как отвратительного вида дама с длинными руками, широко расставленными глазами и внушительными клыками. Могла превращаться в кошку, как и прочие банные духи.
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MoonyMina|Hobbyist General Artist
really interesting :) and creepy, too :D I like your design!!
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Ink-Yami|Student General Artist
Many thanks)
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uh, i didn't know her before. Creepy, but very well done :D (Big Grin) 
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Ink-Yami|Student General Artist
I thought it would be more interesting to start with the less-known ones)
Thanks a lot!)
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Yes, it is! Would love to see the other ones :D (Big Grin) 
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Iglybo's avatar
Cool and creepy I love it :D
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Ink-Yami|Student General Artist
Thank you!)
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BabaYagaga|Hobbyist Artist
This bitch is craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy
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Ink-Yami|Student General Artist
No doubt)
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